A recent study has found that 92% of women and 35% of men are on a diet that is less than the sufficient calorie intake of a seven-year-old.
A nutrition brand in the UK conducted a study recently that has revealed that most people follow crash dieting in a bid to reduce their weight. They’re said to be taking less than 1,530/1,649 daily calories, which is less than what is recommended for young boys and girls. Researchers have also found that 42% of women who were dieting are consuming less than 1,200 calories a day, putting themselves at a serious risk.
The recommended daily intake of calories is 2,500 for men and 2,000 for women for healthy weight maintenance. Excessively rapid weight loss is said to cause nutrient deficiencies that can lead to dizziness, gallstones, fatigue and muscle wastage. The survey shows that adults between the ages of 18 and 25 were more likely to consume less calories when dieting than any other age group.
Experts say that crash diet promotions on social media feeds are also partly to be blamed for this trend, which could result in dangerous side effects and unsustainable short-term weight loss. Although reducing calories is the right way to lose weight, moderation is important. According to the survey, most people said that social media influenced the diet they followed.
The best daily intake of calories depends on metabolism, age, and levels of physical activity, among other things. For a healthy weight, one needs to balance the amount of calories consumed through food and drink with the amount of calories burned through physical activity. Experts suggest that to lose weight in a healthy way, you need to burn more energy than you consume.
The amount of energy a person needs differs from individual to another. It depends on factors like age, lifestyle and size (height and weight). Other factors like thyroid hormones, medicines used to treat inflammation and illnesses also influence how much energy you burn. It is advised to follow a balanced diet with fewer calories while increasing physical activity.